Desperate Housewives: Season 5, Episode 4

Back in Business (19 Oct. 2008)

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Bree's new cookbook and entrepreneurial success has the women of Wisteria Lane feeling jealous, especially Lynette who's longing for a taste of her bread winning days as an ad executive ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Solis (as Eva Longoria Parker)
Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Porter Scavo (credit only)
Preston Scavo (credit only)


Bree's new cookbook and entrepreneurial success has the women of Wisteria Lane feeling jealous, especially Lynette who's longing for a taste of her bread winning days as an ad executive leads her to lend an unsolicited hand to Bree's marketing plan. Meanwhile, M.J.'s drawing of a family portrait of him, Susan, and Jackson has left Mike feeling like he's not a presence in his son's life anymore. Gabrielle hatches a plan to have more sex with Carlos, but their daughter, Juanita, gets a first-hand view of it. Susan teaches a reluctant M.J. how to fall off his bicycle when Jackson begins teaching him to ride instead of Mike. Also, Dave's motives for moving to the neighborhood continue to take shape as he continue to hide his prison background from Edie as well as his violent temper he keeps under control with numerous sedatives, and he also persuades Mike to move into a house that he buys down the street, by working behind the scenes to have some mysterious and sinister plan for everyone ... Written by Anonymous

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The title of this episode - 'Back in Business' - comes from a song Stephen Sondheim wrote for the movie Dick Tracy (1990). See more »


Carlos Solis: Why don't we just tell her the truth?
Gabrielle Solis: What? Mommy rides Daddy like a mechanical bull for jewelry.
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27 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Back In Business,Bree's new found entrepreneurial success has gotten the women of Wisteria Lane jealous of her.Her best-selling cookbook is the source of it. As for Lynette,she tries to give Bree a helping hand in her new marketing plan to reignite her passion for making money and to relive the days when she was a breadwinner of the family.

Meanwhile,Gabrielle tries to reignite her passion for lovemaking as she tries to engage Carlos into more having more sex with her.As for Mike,he feels sad by MJ's drawing of the family portrait as he feels that he isn't part of Susan's family.Finally,Dave is on his way into moving to the neighborhood at Wisteria Lane.

I was somewhat disappointed that the fourth episode served as more like a filler after having great three episodes for the fifth season.Only Bree and Lynette's storyline shows promise while that of Gabrielle and Susan was somewhat boring.Also,the development of Dave as a new character in the show has somewhat slowed down a bit.Hopefully,we get a better episode next time around.

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